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monsbrick

monsbrick
Date Joined: October 15, 2017
Last Online: January 17, 2021
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

Happy Fall Autumnal Season to all northern hemisphere and Happy Spring to those in the Southern Hemisphere.

Thank you for rating me! I used to write comments back to each person and I want to start by thanking you for your comments and rating me. When I started at swap-bot I took each eating to heart and also at times let it wound me. Now I like to savor the comments and I will send a private message to some people which I feel is easier to chat back and forth instead of going back and forth in public not rh profile page. I am more and more private the older I get!

Please let me know if I send you a postage due item! I’m happy to make it up to you. My local post office has reduced hours still:(

Welcome to my profile! I am 53 years old and live in Alameda an island town in a suburb outside San Francisco, California.

A few of my favorite things: Handmade anything. Dabbling in drawing, doodling, some variation of zentangles, watercolor, gel plate printing, stamping, collage, acrylics, sewing, painting, coloring, knitting, and other fiber arts, beading, cooking, and more.

Penpal writing and journal writing are some of my favorite pastimes.

💜Bella Grace& Daphne’s Diary & Somerset Studio are magazines I read.

Here are some of the YouTube people I subscribe to: Maremi Smallarts, Nik the Booksmith, Mystele, Ana Bondu, Susanne Rose Art, The Paper Outpost, Creationsceecee, My Arty Heart, Lisa Oxley, Joie de fi, Gel Press, and Gelli Arts.

Postcards & Paper

Postcards: turning from tourist postcards and eating to swap only homemade or art and craft postcards. In one year I have amassed and huge collection of postcards and would like to collage or recycle this abundance without building it up to excess! Exploring ways I can save or share my collection. What do you do with your postcards? How do you share, save, or recycle? ♻️

Paper: I love stationery and all kinds of paper.

Junk journals, funky scrapbooks. I'm not that coordinated nor designed. My style is eclectic and messy and Bohemian. But I love to save all kinds of little bits and pieces. Ribbons, book pages, washi tape, wrapping paper, home made paper.

Favorite Books

Currently listening to Gabrielle Bernstein audiobook. She's a self-help author and I need some positive psychological-emotional perspective right now.

What are you reading or listening to? Would you recommend a book to me?

Black Lives Matter and even beyond that I have loved James Baldwin since I discovered him by wandering around my local library and picking up books. I love everything he has written from fiction like Another Country to non-fiction, Price of the Ticket. The latest tv show Lovecraft Country has a voice over excerpt of James Baldwin and I was jumping up and down in my living room screaming that's James Baldwin. He writes the kind of words that make me want to cry and laugh and dance. When he talks or writes about jazz it makes me want to play the piano or dance and sway like I can feel the drums beating. He became an ex-pat and moved to Paris and France and explored the Negro experience in that country, which has its own struggles and history different from ours here in the USA but I could gush and gush. There are times when I feel so raw and realize that is how I am, I come across to other people at times, deep and raw and oversharing. But it's epic. And beautiful and yet some things a person has to experience on their own. They can't just read about or hear about. They need to go out and walk the trail, or smell the rain, or watch the waves crash at the ocean. Not everything can come through a book, but it is nice to find an author or a book or movie/tv show that can convey some of the beauty.

Apocalyptic Fiction:

*Hugh Howey *Paolo Bacigalupi *John Joseph Adams

Cyber fiction:

*William Gibson *Neal Stephenson *Scott Sigler

Horror

*Anne Rice *Chuck Hogan *Guillermo del Toro *Scott Sigler *Edgar Allen Poe

Teen Fiction

*Annette Marie *Sarah Cameron

Travel Writing

*Paul Theroux *Henry Miller

General Fiction

*Jon Steele *Francesca Lia Block *Anais Nin *Jack Kerouac *Gabriel Garcia Marquez *Danielle Steel *George R.R. Martin *Haruki Murakami *Robert B. Parker *JD Salinger *Jim Harrison

General Non-Fiction

*Oliver Sacks *Jeffrey Toobin *Angela Duckworth *Malcolm Gladwell *Jack Kerouac *Esther Perel
*Gabrielle Bernstein *Eckhart Tolle *Jack Kornfield

*Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner *John McPhee

Naturalist

*John Muir *Henry David Thoreau

Writing

On writing, mostly I write for myself. I've kept a journal or diary since I was a kid. Today I've decided to try a writing group here at swap-bot. I feel nervous about sharing what I write but just look at this profile page...it is filled with words. It will be a challenge but I probably need to feel less possessive about my private writing and to share some of it with other people. Part of me is very excited to try a new creative writing group experience!

Wanderlust

Swim, walk, run, and dance. I keep sanity by getting outside in nature and breathing fresh air.

Extras

Here are a few things I'd like to receive but only if you have extras. Please don't buy anything for me. If you have extra die cuts, I've not been able to figure out how to make my own die cut though I love collage and cutting papers one by one. Also ephemera fascinates me and I have started experimenting with making my own watercolor doodles or ephemera like paper flowers and textured ribbons or fabric and fiber.

Something I seem to buy often are brats? Or those little beads and metal pieces but then I don't do much with my collection. If you need these message me and I can send some to you.

Crystals & Rocks

Crystals & Rocks & Precious Metals: I used to think hippies were crazy for being into these things. I didn't get it. I still do not really understand the metaphysical aspects but I just love crystals and rocks and metals.

Here are a few of my favorite crystals: Rock crystal, rutilated quartz, amazonite, tourmaline, pyrite, mica, rose quartz, celetite, serpentine, selenite, jasper, azurite, obsidian, and many more.

ATC

Making new Fimo clay pieces. Next I'm going to make some shrinky dinks. I've had the plastic sheets but haven't experimented with them yet. This was always something I wanted to try as a kid and NEVER did! Oh the places we'll go~

Artist Trading Cards or ATC and other arts and crafts creations. Recently I started really trading artist cards and that is super fun. I'm enjoying swapping these cards, other peoples' beautiful, fantastic, creations!

Favorite Music

Love all kinds of music, all genres. I listen to electronica, opera, soundtracks. I download all kinds of podcasts and news on YouTube or other online sources. Spoken word.

I heard some big investor, one of the Rolling Stones maybe? Is saving the old blues recordings on 78-- from like the Mississippi delta and Louisiana-- vinyl and converting the into digital collections. I also love Gospel. I am not familiar with too many Gospel singers but I love some Gospel music, church music, Gregorian chants, ecstatic dance...Amen.

Gardens & Plants

My husband and I have planted a small victory garden. We have had a garden for over 10 years. This year we planted with the intention of reducing our dependence on the grocery store. Edible flowers too. Fruits like this year a volunteer blackberry bush joined our harvest. Cucumber, kale, mache, lettuces, beets, carrots, onions, tomatoes, and peppers all varieties of peppers.

What about you? Do you grow anything? Do you have house plants? Succulents/ can you give me any advice on succulents. I kill mine-unintentionally.

Ratings

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Comment: Your notebook arrived safely! I hope it will be filled with beautiful entries in the end :) The cover fabric is really beautiful :)
Conni59 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - December 2020 on Jan 17, 2021
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Comment: Thank you ever so much for the beautiful chunk. My apologies for the late rating. My Mom was very ill and passed. Kindest regards
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Comment: I've never thought to recover a piece of cardboard for these types of swaps. I love the creativity. Thanks for the cool leek picture!! Happy swapping!!
KSENiA rated for TBR: In December I read ... on Jan 12, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
KSENiA rated for TBR: 2020 End of year update & totals on Jan 12, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
KSENiA rated for TBR: Unread shelf project December on Jan 11, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your reading experience, seems like it was the right book for you to pick :) Best wishes!
USAFwife rated for R&W: Holiday cards - Int'l on Jan 9, 2021
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Comment: Happy holidays! :)
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Comment: That is a great thing to be thankful for! Stay safe!☺️
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Comment: Congratulations, Marie, on such a good reading year! I hope this new year brings more great books and more goals achieved =)
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Comment: Love the washi :) Finally got your letter! I will write back soon.
USAFwife rated for TBR: Unread shelf project December on Jan 6, 2021
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Comment: Sounds like your book was good! My husband has a lot of problem with his people wanting to 'goof off & chat' rather than getting work done, too, especially around holidays. Might look for this one for him to check out! Thanks for sharing. :)
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Comment: Looks like you're making progress. :) That's great! HEre's to another good year!
USAFwife rated for TBR: 2021 TBR planning on Jan 6, 2021
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Comment: Sounds like a good plan! I hope it works for you. :) Your house must look like a library, with all of your husband's books! Wow! I can't imagine that. :) There are a lot of ours that I just can't part with, and my husband has tons that are work related, so he won't discard any. Ever. At all! So I balance that by trying to keep my books at a limit. Oh well. Hopefully we all have a good reading year. :)
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: 2021 TBR planning on Jan 6, 2021
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Comment: Great idea!
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Comment: Glad it was a great reading year for you! And good luck in 2021.
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Comment: It's amazing you've seen an evolution in your amount of books read. Congrats!I hope you discovered a few gems from reading a lot more books. ^_^. Thanks for sharing.
FairyLady rated for TBR: In December I read ... on Jan 3, 2021
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Comment: Having a small focus is definitely a great way. It'll trick your mind in thinking you're reading faster,it probably gives a mental boost. ^_^ Thanks for sharing
FairyLady rated for TBR: 2021 TBR planning on Jan 3, 2021
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Comment: Lol, I would be extremely happy if my hubby would read as much as yours. As of now I even need to convince him to read a comic. 🤣Wow, 3000 books. I'm picturing Belle's library in beauty and the beast.🤩 Thanks for sharing.
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Comment: You read a lot! They seem interesting so I'll have to check them out!

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Comments

itsnobody on Jan 3, 2021:

Did you receive my last letter. Hope you and your loved ones are healthy and happy!

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wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:

hny

JuneRosebud on Nov 20, 2020:

Oooops!! It is not your birthday. Sorry about that!!

JuneRosebud on Nov 20, 2020:

Happy Belated Birthday!!! I hope you had a great one!!

wyrdfae on Nov 4, 2020:

Thank you for sending me the completed jam. I love it so much.

hibiscus on Oct 28, 2020:

Thank you for a lovely jams finish .. what a kind generous and thoughtful swap!

supersquirrel on Sep 2, 2020:

Thank you for the disco jam homer

and the cool fabric - it will be fun to create with.

supersquirrel on May 9, 2020:

Thank you for the JAM homer and all the wonderful papers. Something got Buster yesterday. He has a big patch of fur missing but he'll be ok - he's 1 tough kitty!

supersquirrel on May 9, 2020:

Thank you for the JAM homer and all the wonderful papers. Something got Buster yesterday. He has a big patch of fur missing but he'll be ok - he's 1 tough kitty!

hibiscus on May 4, 2020:

Just got your swap jam with the Neruda orange poem ... one look and I knew you had to be a true artist with an artist soul... thanks it’s very nice

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